The Goo Goo Dolls have a new album, "Boxes," set for release Friday.
(Reminder: Visit Buffalo.com on Friday for Jeff Miers' review.)
Lead singer John Rzeznik was interviewed by the hosts of "MLB Central" on MLB Network this week. Along with Rzeznik answering questions about songwriting from Lauren Shehadi, Matt Vasgersian and Mark DeRosa, the discussion naturally drifted toward baseball. DeRosa and Rzeznik both showed a soft spot for the Bisons and then Pilot Field.
DeRosa: Grinding through the minor leagues, everybody's got to take a stop through Buffalo and play the Buffalo Bisons. Have you ever had a chance to make it out to one of their games?
Rzeznik: I went a lot. I lived there for a while, when it was Pilot Field. That was great. That was such a big deal, cause they had the minor league baseball stadium downtown. It's so much fun.
DeRosa: I loved it.
Vasgersian: It still is fun up there.
Rzeznik: It is really fun.
DeRosa, who played over 1,200 MLB games, later seems to say he "partied in Buffalo," as well.
Maybe it was after his Richmond Braves lost to the Herd at then Dunn Tire Park in July 2000, a game in which DeRosa homered.
Here is the 7-minute, 13-second interview with Rzeznik (Pilot Field talk after the 4-minute mark):
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In response to another question, Rzeznik references playing with the Replacements. The bassist for that band, Tommy Stinson, plays the Town Ballroom's Leopard Lounge on Sunday.
Rzeznik and the Goo Goo Dolls have other baseball ties. The music video for "There You Are," off their 1990 "Hold Me Up" album, was filmed at then Pilot Field. The band also cut a version of "Take Me Out to the Ballgame."